Event Details

Building PreK-3 Systems: From Alignment to Coherence

  • 04 Oct 2017
  • 07 Dec 2017
  • 4 sessions
  • 04 Oct 2017, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM (CDT)
  • 05 Oct 2017, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM (CDT)
  • 02 Nov 2017, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM (CDT)
  • 07 Dec 2017, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM (CST)
  • TIES, St. Paul - Grand Hall


  • Registration is for a Superintendent and Principal Team. You may add additional teammates at $200/person (that's just $50/day!) within the registration.
  • MDE Staff are welcome to register for this series. Please note: to keep costs low, you must bring your own lunch.

Registration is closed

Build your leadership team to suit your needs! 

This series is the third part in a professional learning series designed to support MN schools, communities & districts with implementing effective, comprehensive PreK-3 systems. In partnership, MESPA, MASA and the Minnesota Department of Education have created the series.

This series focuses on taking action. Led by Joanne Quinn, it is designed to build the knowledge and skills needed to foster greater coherence and capacity to implement effective, sustained PreK-3 systems in Minnesota schools, districts, and communities. 

Click here to view our series flier.

Who should attend this series?
Teams should have a Superintendent and a Principal. Other core district instructional leaders (such as Special Ed. Directors, Curriculum and Instruction Coordinators, Assistant Superintendents, Assistant Principals, and more!) and community early learning administrators are welcome and encouraged to attend. Unless in a position of leadership, this series would not benefit teachers.

How to register
Teams should be registered under the superintendent's name. A team should consist of a superintendent and a principal. Other teammates can be added within the registration for $200 per person (only $50/day). If you have more than 8 teammates total, please contact Rachel Dillon (rachel@mespa.net) to register.

Series content
This series is based on Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts and Systems by Michael Fullan & Joanne Quinn. Superintendent-led leadership teams will progress from analysis to action, achieving coherence in four areas:

  1. Focusing Direction - Refine and monitor the district's direction while assessing the impact of PreK-3 strategies.
  2. Cultivating Collaborative Work Cultures - Build precision in facilitating collaborative work cultures.
  3. Deepening Learning - Assess the current district conditions fostering deep learning.
  4. Leading for Coherence and Mastering the Framework - Building a commonly owned approach and fostering leadership in the system.

Click the video to hear Dr. Fullan talk about the Coherence framework! 

Credit for the above video is to Michael Fullan and Joanne Quinn, Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for School, Districts and Systems, 2016.

About the presenter


Joanne Quinn currently serves as the Director of Global Capacity Building for New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, a global partnership focused on transforming learning. As a previous superintendent, Implementation Advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Education, and Director of Continuing Education at the University of Toronto, she now consults internationally on whole system change and capacity building.

Do I have to attend the PreK-3 Principal Leadership Series prior to attending this series? No, this is not a requirement.

Does my superintendent HAVE to attend? Ideally, yes. Assistant Superintendents, Curriculum Directors, or other core leaders may attend in place of the Superintendent.

Can non-MESPA members attend? Absolutely! This event is open to all educators.

We're happy to help. Please contact the MESPA office at 651.999.7310 or mespa@mespa.net!



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